RFP 200 MW decision delayed

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Seven international consortia are still waiting for the results of their responses to a call for tenders issued in Morocco last year. The results were due to be announced by the national utility, the Office National d'Electricité (ONE) in October, but the decision was postponed until the end of March and has now been postponed again until the summer. Two Spanish consortia have dropped out of the contest during this time. The call for tenders is to build two wind farms, one of 140 MW at Tangiers and a second of 60 MW at Tarfaya. The list of bidders reads like a who's who of the European wind industry with British developer National Wind Power partnering Danish wind turbine supplier Bonus, Spanish utility Union Fenosa linking with Bazan; M&N Windpower in a consortium with its part parent NEG Micon; Nordex teaming with Alstom; SeaWest, Mitsubishi and Cinergy teaming up; Gamesa and Sinae, also from Spain, linking with French developer Cabinet Germa; and Oismine Holding bidding now with Vestas having changed horses from Enron Wind. Morocco imports much of its electricity from Spain via a cable under the Straits of Gibraltar. Only about 10% of rural homes have electricity and it is aimed to increase this percentage to 90% by 2010. Last year the 50.4 MW showcase Koudia Al Baida wind farm, east of Tangiers, was built by a French consortium involving the utility EDF and Cabinet Germa. It is made up of 84 Vestas 600 kW turbines.

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